Forbes Survey: South Florida Is Miserable

(MIAMI) CBS4 – According to Forbes Magazine, South Florida sucks.

In a new ranking of the most miserable cities in America published by the business magazine’s website, Miami ranks as the second most miserable city in America, right behind…

Wait for it…

Stockton, California.

Stockton, where employment is almost 14 percent, where the housing market has virtually collapsed, and where residents have to contend with a state income tax as well as a severe lack of tropical beaches and sunshine.

Oh, and the crime rate is among the nation’s top 10.

Miami has them as a next door neighbor in misery? And according to Forbes, it gets worse. West Palm Beach is in the top 10, and Ft. Lauderdale makes the top 20. That means from Jupiter to Homestead, Forbes considers us among the most miserable places in the nation.

And, it could be worse. Forbes says, “The good weather and lack of a state income tax are the only things that kept Miami out of the top spot.”


They credit our infamous government corruption, saying 404 public officials have been convicted in Florida in the last decade. They also think our crime rate is too high.

In 2009, Miami made the list at #9. In 2010, we moved up to number 6. You have to wonder if we will finally break through to #1 in 2012.

West Palm Beach made the list at 8 because of high unemployment and a home value average down almost 40 percent, and still headed lower.

Ft Lauderdale was parked at #13 because of a cooling economy and high foreclosure rate.

One more Florida city made the list as well. Jacksonville, at #19, has residents that suffer from high crime, high foreclosures, and a football team that has taken a 10-year break from the playoffs.

But according to Forbes, as bad as it is in parts of Florida, California really stinks up the place as far as misery is concerned. 8 California cities, almost half the list, are considered among the most miserable places in the nation.

The rest of the places are mostly in the rust belt. Detroit. Cleveland. Flint. Toledo. Even the Windy City, which was chided for a sales tax rate over 10%.

Washington made the list, and most people thought they just made the rest of the nation miserable.

Local pride aside, an honest person has to admit we have more than a few problems to fix. But, of course, this is an arbitrary list created to sell magazines, and it’s almost too much to accept that Miami is more miserable than, say, Chicago.

10 degrees today in Chicago. 79 Degrees in Miami.

At least today, company loves misery.

  • Me in Miami

    Don’t you wonder where in the US the Forbes people end up during the winter and for their holidays? Where are their vacation homes? Probably not the Dominican Republic nor Barbados nor the Caiman Isles. Probably south Florida! I bet.

  • tired

    Turks and Cacos, where their offshore banks are!

  • Ernesto

    I STRONGLY disagree!
    yes, miami has a high crime rate, and unemployment, and traffic. etc, but i think miami is one of the funnest cities in the US. that is the reason for the high number of tourists that visit. also while most other cities in the US are having snowstorms and are snowing, we are sunny and warm. many people have never been to a beach in their lives, we have beaches in our backyards pretty much.

  • george

    People will be miserable ONLY and ONLY if they feel that way. Life is too short to be miserable. Perhaps Forbes just wrote this article to sell more magazines. They caught our attention “touche”!

  • Amanda

    I find this slightly insightful, however I think this is slightly too doting towards South Florida, currently the only refuge from all the snow in the rest of the states.

  • Cristen

    I’m a little on the fence about this one! Sure, Florida might not be the greatest, especially south Florida, but you have to think, some of the people living here don’t find it bad at all! I’ve lived here my entire life, and I’ve felt far from miserable. It depends who you’re talking too, some people might find this place terrible, but some might take pride in where they live!

  • Mike

    Miami is a great place to be if you just came from Cuba or Venezuela and are accustomed to a substandard way of life. You don’t even have to speak the language to land a decent gig like working at a doctor’s office or a police officer ( yes, I met a cop in Hieliah that did not speak English ). Its is also a place where education and professionalism are not rewarded as well as other states like say New York. Let’s not forget that in order to make anywhere above an 80k salary in Miami you have to be a doctor or be involved in fraudulent medicare nursing scam.

    Lets face it, the 3 or 4 semi big companies who call Miami home, are only doing so because Miami provides cheap labor. This is due to the constant influx of immigrant willing to do anything for work. we all know that you can have a successful business in Miami for 20 years and inevitably someone will come from Nicaragua to open a similar business, provide sloppy service and charge 80% less.

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